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NACDS tabs senior VP of government affairs

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Thomas O’Donnell to senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. O’Donnell reports to NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson. O’Donnell has been with NACDS since mid-2012, when he was hired for the position of vice president for federal government

CVS med sync initiative eliminates barriers

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its ScriptSync medication synchronization program. The pharmacy service that enables patients who regularly take multiple medications to pick up eligible maintenance prescriptions in a monthly visit to a CVS Pharmacy store. More than a million customers have been enrolled in ScriptSync, and preliminary results

Report tracks in-store clinic surge

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The number of retail health clinics in the United States has increased by 38% to 2,215 since 2011, mostly as a result of expansion of the concept by major drug store chains, according to a new report from Kalorama ­Information. The report forecasts that the concept’s financial success and the growing acceptance

SDM supports women’s health

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) and its associate owners on September 10 kicked off the 15th annual Growing Women’s Health campaign, a monthlong effort to support women’s health. The retailer is collecting donations from customers, with the goal of gathering $3.3 million for local women’s health charities. “The Growing Women’s Health campaign has been

Canadian pharmacy group tabs interim leader

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has announced the promotion of Justin Bates to senior vice president and interim chief executive officer. The association’s board also said it would conduct a search for a permanent successor to president and CEO Denise Carpenter, who left the organization on May 24. Bates said

Genoa reaches milestone with its 300th store

TAMARAC, Fla. — Genoa Healthcare LLC has opened its 300th pharmacy inside a community mental health center. Its latest is in Tamarac, Fla., within a facility operated by Henderson Behavioral Health Inc., which says on its website that it annually provides “health care, housing and hope” for 30,000 people in Florida with what it calls

Amazon poses new threat to rivals as it ramps up PL

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. reportedly is set to begin rolling out a broadly expanded lineup of private label brands as the company aims to burnish its reputation as a lower-cost retailer and bolster its efforts to sell more perishable goods. Amazon’s private label offerings will be available only to Amazon Prime members, The Wall Street

Tritton becomes chief merchant at Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has hired Mark Tritton as its chief merchandising officer, a role that allows him to determine what appears on store shelves. Tritton will have oversight of the company’s buying, product design and development, sourcing, and store ­displays. Target hired Tritton after a yearlong search. He succeeds Kathee Tesija, a Target veteran

Rite Aid rewards loyal shoppers

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is offering wellness+ with Plenti members an opportunity to accumulate thousands of Plenti points through a “Spring for Points” promotion that runs through April 23. In addition to regular weekly offers, members can earn 2,000 Plenti points — worth at least $20 in savings on future purchases — for

CVS wins accreditation for specialty, mail order

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s specialty pharmacy, CVS Specialty, has been awarded Specialty Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a nonprofit agency that promotes health care quality through the accreditation of organizations engaged in health care services. “Receiving accreditation from URAC demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality care to patients served by CVS Specialty,” stated Alan Lotvin,

Ahold USA appoints Iacobucci chief merchant

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has hired Andrew Iacobucci as executive vice president of merchandising. With the appointment, Iacobucci will lead a team supporting the food and drug retailer’s four retail divisions — Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle, which collectively operate 790 supermarkets in

CVS doubles down on anti-tobacco effort

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has pledged to spend $50 million over the next five years on an initiative with the ambitious goal of helping to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. The initiative, called “Be the First,” represents a further broadening of CVS’ reach as a health care advocate. Funded by CVS Health and

WBA steps up to combat the spread of Zika virus

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) announced last month that it would donate $100,000 to the CDC Foundation toward its Zika virus education and prevention campaigns. The company also said it would dedicate space inside its 120 drug stores in Puerto Rico where customers could learn about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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